Last season, when Kanter joined the Trail Blazers, he praised Portland and thought he had made the most correct decision
But this summer, he did not renew his contract with the Trail Blazers, but threw himself into the arms of Boston.
Why did he make such a decision?
On July 2, , Mark Spears, a famous NBA reporter, contacted Kanter via text message and got the answer to this question.
Kanter wrote in the text: "OK, I considered signing with the Blazers, but they only gave me 6 minutes to make a decision. I felt pressure and discomfort. So I told him, I have to think about it.
, I called my brother so he could ask my family for advice, because I can’t call my family directly. But they keep pushing me, so I can’t tell them!"
Kanter’s experience makes it easy to think of the scene 7 years ago.
In the summer of 2012, the Thunder offered Harden a 4-year 52 million offer. What Harden hoped to get was a 4-year 58 million contract. The gap between the two parties was 6 million.
Harden revealed the details of that time in an interview.
"At 4 o’clock that afternoon, Thunder general manager Presti called me and said that I would only be given an hour to consider whether to accept their offer. I thought this might be the worst offer in my life.
For such an important decision, with so much money, it is obviously not enough for me to think about it for only one hour."
Unexpectedly, just as Harden was about to seriously consider it, the Thunder general manager who couldn’t wait made another call.
This call broke Harden’s heart.
"We love you, but we’ve already traded you to the Houston Rockets." Harden revealed, crying in bed that night.
Of course, everyone knows the story later. Harden became a superstar in the Rockets, and the story of the Thunder losing him in order to save 6 million has also become a big laughing stock in the league.
The Blazers management may have only given Kanter 6 minutes for other operations, also forcing the players to make a decision as soon as possible.
Kanter is certainly not a player of Harden’s level, but the next time the Celtics and Trail Blazers meet, I believe Kanter will be ready to give a big gift to the former team.
Anyway, he is also a player who once scored 20+20.